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Explain the meaning of discipleship.

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Discipleship coursework A disciple is one who learns. It is related to the word 'discipline', so a disciple is like a student who is taught by someone. In a disciple's case, they learn from Jesus. When it came to choosing his disciples, Jesus chose anyone. For example he chose bad-tempered people, tax collectors, and even a member of a violent group. But this didn't worry Jesus at all. For he saw everyone's potential. He knew everyone had gifts and talent, and he wanted them to use them. He demonstrated this in the parable of the lamp under the bowl/bed, where he makes the point that you wouldn't put a lamp under a bowl or a bed, so why hide your talents? Jesus believed that he could bring out the best in these people he chose to be disciples. There were, however, two criteria points to be a disciple. The first was commitment. The disciples had to be willing to do anything for Jesus. Jesus tested this of them when he first called them. He said to Simon and Andrew 'Come, follow me', and they immediately left their nets and went to follow Jesus. He also told James and John to follow him, and they went straight away. Another example of commitment in Mark's Gospel is the Widow at the Treasury. ...read more.

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These are known as the Ten Commandments. Now, over 2000 years later, we should follow God's teachings if we are to be good disciples. At the end of the gospel, Jesus told his disciples to go out and preach to the nations. This is practised today in many ways. One way is simply to go out and preach, just like the first disciples. Another way to preach to the nations is to do missionary work. They not only travel to teach about Jesus, but they also go to places that are suffering from natural disasters, and build schools and medical centres, to help to bring back a community. Furthermore, some people show God's love for one another by going to help the sick and injured all over the world. Finally, other Christians fight injustice and prejudice because they feel it is right to put others before themselves. All Christians are disciples - they have a responsibility to love God and their neighbour. An example of how this is put into practise is Mother Teresa of Calcutta. She had a vocation to help others. This is what she said: 'I realised that I had the call to take care of the sick and the dying, the hungry, the naked, the homeless - to be God's Love in action to the poorest of the poor.' ...read more.

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Christianity has been going for 2000 years, during that time Christians have been persecuted because of their beliefs. But that didn't put them off what they believed in - some people were prepared to die for their beliefs, so were therefore martyrs. So in this way we don't really have an excuse for not being a true disciple, or not believing. Additionally, people today look up to inspirations such as Mother Teresa and Martin Luther King. They aspire to be like them, so are in that way encouraged and enthusiastic to follow Jesus and stand out by helping others or speaking out for what they believe in. Last but not least, nowadays, there are so many methods of communication, be it by phone, email, the media or even instant messaging. This means that it is very easy to spread Jesus' teachings throughout the world. Just like Jesus sent his first disciples to preach the good news to the nations, it is ten times easier for Christians to do that today. In my opinion, I disagree with the statement. I think it is possible to be a true disciple of Jesus in the modern world. There isn't a big enough reason for not being a true disciple. If we all tried hard enough and gave up some of our lives into pleasing and serving God, then we could all be disciples of Jesus. Emma Donatantonio 10s 11/12/07 ...read more.

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